Wholesaling news

 

04 August 2020
Having seen sustained demand up over 100% for much of the national lockdown period, regional cash & carry wholesaler, Parfetts has now established contingencies for increased stockholding, including additional storage facilities, in preparation for the possibility of secondary lockdowns as Covid-19 infection rates start to rise again. Two depots already in areas of local restrictions With s...
30 June 2020
It has been reported that Confex the impulse-led wholesale buying group has ended its link with with Unitas Wholesale, the UK’s biggest wholesale buying group, with which it held associate membership.  The link derived from the relationship created between Confex and the Landmark buying group in 2000, which was then perpetuated when Landmark merged with the Today’s Group in 2018 to form Unitas. ...
26 June 2020
Data shared by Tesco in its Q1 performance update to 30 May provides the first public statement showing detail of the full impact of the pandemic emergency on the wholesaling channel, indicating the specific scale of the asymmetrical effects on retail versus foodservice business.  With total sales for the period boosted to 6.1% by the acquisition of Best Foods in March, Booker’s net like-for-like...
19 June 2020
The regional SPAR wholesaler for Scotland, CJ Lang has announced it is to extend a click & collect service both for retail customers within its SPAR symbol group network, but also for other non-SPAR retailers.  This will enable it to expand supply to meet the significantly elevated demand currently flowing through its afiliated network as well as the wider Scottish convenience sector. Provides...
18 June 2020
Belgium-based Colruyt Group has reported its 2019 results with total revenue increasing by 1.6% to over €9.5 bn (US $10.6 bn). The group noted that on a comparable basis, revenue rose by 1.7% including petrol and 1.4% excluding petrol, while gross margin rose by 0.5% to 26.8%. Retail revenue: +1.5% to €7.97bn (US $8.85bn) In the Retail segment, Colruyt Group said revenue increased by 1.5% t...
16 June 2020
Speaking to Cash & Carry Management Magazine, John Kinney, sales & marketing director for Unitas Wholesale, has pointed to the key opportunities that independent retailers now have to build on the advantages gained as pillars of community support during pandemic emergency. Need for delivery to continue Having overcome the challenges of launching delivery services to support the vulnerable a...
04 June 2020
Speaking to the Grocer magazine Sedat Kaan Hendekli, Head of Operations for JJ Foodservice has revealed that the wholesaler has now successfully regained its level of pre-emergency turnover, reporting £4.2m of sales in the last week (that would be c£220m annualized).  Despite still missing elements of its customer base such as schools and restaurants,  JJ has been able to build on its strength as...
03 June 2020
With the opportunity to create the buzz of the traditional in-depot wholesale trade show seriously compromised by the need for social distancing, Grimsby-based Unitas member Dee Bee has launched its first online trade show to fill the gap in its promotional calendar.  Replacing the cancelled ‘physical’ trade show planned for May, Dee Bee has created a dedicated online space allowing customers acc...
06 May 2020
Following Wumart’s announcement last October that it intends to acquire an 80% stake in Metro China, the deal is now complete on 23 April. In this article, we explore what impacts this merge might bring to China’s grocery industry. Metro’s strengths make up the shortcomings of grocery retail in China China might lead the world in digital payment and retail technology, its grocery retail i...
20 April 2020
As foodservice wholesalers seek to tap into the hugely increased demand for remote shopping, and offset the loss of their core B2B sales, JJ Foodservice has further stepped up its consumer offer with the launch of same day delivery from three depots. Shoppers in London, ordering online before 11.00 am, Monday to Friday, from JJ’s Enfield, Sidcup and Dagenham branches can now get delivery the same...